Samsung and Apple have been at loggerheads for more than a decade and have created the huge success with their flagship phones all over the world. However, with the new launch of iPhone 8, the landscape is expected to change once again. So, which device would become the top between iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8?
Build and Physical Features
The iPhone 8 still remains a traditional design since the iPhone 6. You get the home button embedded Touch ID, a sizable bezel on the top and bottom, and the only change is the panes of glass on the front and back of the device. In the other hand, the Galaxy S8 makes it stand out with a new impressive design. The phone features the curved Infinity display with a tiny bezel to spare you the awkward “notch” cutout on the iPhone X. The S8 also comes with the glass both on front and back panels and metal sides. That being said, both phones are comfortable to reach across for one-handed use.
Other shared features include Qi wireless charging standard on both iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8. The iPhone 8 comes with IP67 for water and dust resistance that allows it to survive in 5 feet of water in half an hour, while the S8 features IP68 standard, which can go a little deeper (6 feet). Both phones also support Bluetooth 5.0, which lets you simultaneously stream to two pairs of headphones.
Display quality is the biggest distinction between two devices. The iPhone 8 flaunts a 4.7-inch 1334×750 Retina HD display, which hasn’t changed in resolution or pixel density (326ppi) for several years. The only upgrade of the display is a wider color gamut and True Tone tech for providing better contrast and warmer colors.
In contrast, the 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S8 comes with a QHD 2,960×1,440 resolution. The higher pixel density will help the S8’s images and text sharper. Besides the advantages of an OLED display, like saturated colors, and inky blacks easily beats the display of iPhone 8. However, screen brightness is very impressive on both devices, so you won’t have to worry when using them outdoors.
iPhone 8 is much more outstanding over the Galaxy S8 in terms of performance. The iPhone 8 is powered by the same A11 Bionic chipset, which is the most powerful mobile processor we’ve ever seen. According to the tested benchmarks on Geekbench, it scores 4,061 points in the single core test and 9,959 in the multi-core test, beating every Android device and all previous iPhone and iPad generations. While the Snapdragon 835 on S8 just seems to be a mid-range device next to it with the score of 1836 and 5960.
Also read: First Impression Of iPhone X: FaceID Unlock, Retina Display
The iPhone 8 comes with a single 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and the LED True Tone flash. Unlike the plus version, there’s no secondary sensor, so you won’t be able to take portrait mode, or the bokeh effect photos.
The S8, on the other hand, is one of the best camera phones. Its single 12MP dual-pixel camera excels in capturing detail and shooting in low light condition. The S8’s rear camera is also equipped OIS, PDAF, and other smart features. Both phones support 4K video capturing and slow-mo video. Furthermore, the S8’s camera allows the manual controls that you can tweak focus, shutter speed, white balance to take better shots. So if you usually use your phone to capture memorable moments, we recommend you the Galaxy S8.
Price and Availability
The unlocked Galaxy S8 version is now available from carriers at a price tag between $750 to $800 depending on where you buy it, while Apple allowed users to pre-order the iPhone 8 from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Apple Store, and will start shipping on Sept. 22. The starting price is at $699 for the 64GB variants and $849 for 256GB model, which is less than the $1,000 of iPhone X, but it’s equivalent to what you’ll pay for the S8.
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